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  • Article: Sep 7, 2017
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    Coun Les Gilbert in his response to Mathew Proctor's letter concerning the air monitoring scandal in last week's Chronicle states: "Elected members are not involved in the dayto-day operational delivery of council services."

    Might I suggest that that is part of the weakness of Cheshire East's culture at present.

  • Article: Aug 31, 2017
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    While respecting Coun Sam Corcoran's knowledge of his local community and desire to see public money is correctly spent and accounted for, it seems he is becoming slightly careless with his words.

    In last week's Chronicle's letter pages, page 35, he goes on about some white lines on Parkhouse Drive in Sandbach, which he feels are unnecessary or even misleading.

    the white lines came about was through the Cheshire East minor highways works, a group of about a dozen Congleton constituency councillors who meet two or three times a year for 2-3 hours to discuss how to spend a pot of about £40,000 for small highways works."

    I can only assume that he means Cheshire East constituency councillors, as the area he refers to is in Sandbach, not Congleton. This being a highways issue, there are only six Congleton councillors and why should Congleton town councillors be deciding about issues in Sandbach?

  • Article: Aug 31, 2017
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    If I could be allowed to add a political perspective to your editorial in last week's Chronicle on the renaming of Congleton Leisure Centre following its upgrading, I'd be grateful.

    At a time when Congleton Town and (especially) Cheshire East councils, are rightfully, in my view, receiving more than their fair share of criticism, it is most inappropriate for Congleton Leisure Centre to be renamed after one of their members.

  • Article: Aug 24, 2017
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    I note recent correspondents to your letter pages suggesting Cheshire East Council should be put under special measures.

    I am not sure about the precise procedure for this, though perhaps its planning department could be used as a pilot, pending Cheshire East's application.

    Whatever the reason, it seems ludicrous that an air quality assessment statement that could have a bearing on planning applications comes out days following the adoption of Cheshire East's local plan.

  • Article: Aug 17, 2017
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    I refer to FE Hutchinson's letter on p39 of 3rd August's Chronicle and in particular his words, "at any price".

    This reflects the view of some Brexiteers that the electorate voted to leave the EU whatever the consequences.

    Whatever untruths were told about this during the referendum campaign, it remains true that in a representative democracy, MPs have the final word about any Bill presented to them.

  • Article: Aug 17, 2017
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    Now that Cheshire East Council's local plan has finally been put to bed, perhaps the staff will be able to divert their attention to some other pressing matters.

    One is that developers do not seem to be honouring their section 106 obligations regarding cycling provision around the town.

    I am told there were commitments to build two new bridges over the River Dane at Brook Street and Back Lane to improve access to Congleton Park and at the new development at Loachbrook Farm where a pedestrian and cycling route behind Congleton High School linking Sandbach and Holmes Chapel Road was secured.

  • Article: Aug 10, 2017
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir, -

    I refer to your article by Matt Jackson on page five in last week's Chronicle about a badger culling protest.

    While supporting the opponents of badger culling, it is important to get the facts right.

    The fi rst paragraph states, "would support vaccinating animals with bovine tuberculosis".

    This phrase is either misleading or wrong depending on how it is read.

  • Article: Aug 3, 2017
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir, - While appreciating the work our MP Fiona Bruce has done concerning opposing cuts to our educational system, I can't help but wonder whether the whole saga could have been avoided.

    I am sure it was not deliberate, though it looks to me like cuts by central government were reversed because local MPs of the same party asked it to.

  • Article: Jul 19, 2017
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Sandbach and Middlewich Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    I feel I must respond to Clr Brian Silvester's letter in 5th July issue of The Chronicle, p 16 in which he states his view that EU citizens the Uk should not receive benefits.

    It is incredible in my view that such a view can be entertained even by one of UKIP's most passionate supporters.

    Is he denying the common humanity that includes all the members of this human race of ours?

  • Article: Jul 13, 2017
    By Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir, - Your editorial in last week's Chronicle on the fi nancial arrangements at Congleton High School, Black Firs Primary and the Congleton MultiAcademy Trust raises as many questions as it answers.

    I fi nd it interesting that you draw parallels with other local quasi-public bodies and their fi nancial accountability.